Last Flag Flying

Alberto’s Pick: Last Flag Flying directed by Richard Linklater Writers: Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American comedy-drama based upon the latter’s 2005 novel of the same name. In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy…

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour directed by Joe Wright Writer: Anthony McCarten Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army…

Ghosted

Cori’s Pick: Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh Ghosted is Rosie Walsh’s American debut. The story is centered around one amazing week shared by Sarah and Eddie. There is an immediate attraction between them, but when Eddie leaves for a planned vacation, Sarah never hears back from him. From there, the story develops with twists…

You Think It, I’ll Say It

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld I have enjoyed Sittenfeld ever since I picked up her first novel Prep in 2005 and this latest book of short stories did not disappoint. You Think It, I’ll Say It is Sittenfeld’s first collection of short stories and I am amazed at how “big” she…

Still Life with Monkey

Sara’s Pick:  Still Life With Monkey by Katharine Weber This is the story of a young man, now a quadriplegic from a car accident, his wife and his helper, a tufted capuchin monkey named Ottoline. Architect Duncan and his co-worker Todd had gone to visit a construction site and when driving home were involved in…

America for Beginners

Cori’s Pick: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui An online summary describes this book as ‘…a funny poignant, and insightful debut novel that explores the complexities of family, immigration, prejudice, and the American Dream…’. My love for debut fiction made me reach for this book and the summary proved extremely accurate on all fronts. Pival…

All We Ever Wanted

Cori’s Pick: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin This is a story of how family and deep-rooted values can easily be overshadowed by money and privilege. Coming from modest and humble beginnings, Nina hardly recognizes her new life. Her husband made a fortune selling his tech business and their son Finch goes to the…

Something in the Water

Cori’s Pick: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman Well, the ‘something’ that I thought was going to be in the water was completely wrong! This is the debut novel for author Catherine Steadman – who is best known for her role in Downton Abbey as Mabel Lane Fox. Steadman has written a thriller that…

The Liar’s Girl

Sara’s Pick: The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan How A young woman has been living abroad in the Netherlands for 10 years after her boyfriend confessed to, and was convicted of, being a serial killer. The police contact her when the murders start again after 10 years. Will is still in prison but claims to…

Mrs. Caliban

Jane’s Pick: Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls First published in 1982, Mrs. Caliban has been republished this year. Even though it is a reissue – it feels very relevant today. How to describe this small gem of a book? A surreal Mrs. Dalloway? Shakespeare’s Tempest turned on its head?  A satire of a modern romance…